Global Edible Films and Coating Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Edible Films and Coating Market is Segmented by Ingredient Type (Protein, Polysaccharides, Lipids, and Composites), Application (Dairy products, Bakery and Confectionery, Fruits and Vegetables, Meat, Poultry, and Seafood, and Other Applications), and Geography. The report offers market size and forecasts for Global Edible Films and Coating Market in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Global Edible Films and Coating Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: South America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 7.64 %

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Market Overview

The global edible films and coating market was valued at USD 2,659.59 million in 2020, and it is projected to witness a CAGR of 7.64% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the generation of opportunities for many private players to emerge in the markets, in order to cater to the inflated demand for food products. This, in turn, benefitted the manufacturers of food ingredients, including coatings. The need for innovative snack products was consistently high in developed countries, due to the associated convenience of storage, usage, and rapid provision of nutrition and energy on consumption. Thus, such factors are driving the market forward in these turbulent times. An increase in the sales of fruits and vegetables was recorded during the lockdown in year 2020, as there was a demand for nutritious food. Therefore, this sustained the applications of edible films and coatings.

The edible coating is an eco-friendly technology, which is applied on many products to control moisture transfer, gas exchange, or oxidation processes. One major advantage of using edible films and coatings is that several active ingredients can be incorporated into the polymer matrix and consumed with food, thus, enhancing safety or even nutritional and sensory attributes.

The food product manufacturers have increased their efforts to increase the shelf life and to improve the existent packaging technology, in turn ensuring the microbial safety and preservation of food from the influence of external factors. Thus, new product innovations from manufacturers are expected to contribute toward the market growth of the edible films and coatings market.

Several market innovations have been protein-based film-oriented. For instance, a US-based startup, Cambridge Crops, developed a natural and edible coating made of protein that claims to delay the decaying of perishable food products, such as fruits, vegetables, and meat, by reducing contact with gases and water vapor, thereby slowing down its oxidation and water loss. The patented, all-natural, water-based solution is made of silk fibroin, a protein.

Scope of the Report

Edible films and coatings are thin layers of edible materials applied on food products that play an important role on their conservation, distribution and marketing. Some of their functions are to protect the product from mechanical damage, physical, chemical and microbiological activities. The global edible films and coating market is segmented into ingredient type, application, and geography. On the basis of ingredient type, the market is segmented into protein, polysaccharides, lipids, and composites. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into dairy products, bakery and confectionery, fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, and seafood, and other applications. On the basis of geography, the study provides an analysis of the edible films and coating market in the emerging and established markets across the world, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East & Africa. For each segment the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (USD million).

By Ingredient Type
By Application
Dairy products
Bakery and Confectionery
Fruits and Vegetables
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East & Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand For Edible Packaging As An Alternative To Plastic Packaging

It is estimated that, at some point between now and 2030, oil extraction is likely to peak, and oil fuel for transportation may become increasingly uneconomic. Globally, the annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from approximately 5 million metric ton in the 1950s to nearly 230 million metric ton today. Traditional food packaging materials proclaim several shortcomings in terms of the impact of environmental pollution and the manufacturing requirements for non-renewable resources. The need for alternative packaging materials and packaging formats has increased at a significant level. The amount of plastic packaging waste generated in the European Union has been increasing, and by 2016, the estimated plastic packaging waste generated had risen to 16.3 million metric ton, compared to 15.1 million metric ton in 2012. Additionally, it is estimated that around 150 million metric ton of plastics currently lingers in the world’s oceans, with more than 60% coming from plastic packaging.Thus, issues pertaining to sustainability, environment, ethics, food safety, food quality, and product costs are all becoming increasingly important factors for modern-day consumers at the time of purchasing food products, and a number of these issues are enforced by food packaging legislative regulations. All these factors have largely contributed to the rising demand for edible films and coatings in the food packaging industry.

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Asia-Pacific Continues to Dominate the Global Market

China and Japan are the major consumers of the edible films and coatings market in the region. In China, xanthan gum is one of the most commonly usededible coatings in food products, which is giving rise to high demand for polysaccharide-based films and coatings in the country. However, research to discover other sources of edible coatings is being conducted in the region, which is expected to result in extending the shelf life and prolonging the freshness of products. For instance, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry, researchers investigated several natural antimicrobials, such as Star anise essential oil (SAEO), as a primary component in edible coating products. The encapsulated SAEO reduced the weight loss of the samples by more than 30% and increased the inhibitory effect of SAEO on browning of yam used as a sample. This method proved to be highly efficient in protecting fresh produced fruits and vegetables. Moreover, the rising awareness in countries, like India, is projected to lead to a very promising market scenario in the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The major players operating in the global edible films and coatings market include Dow Dupont, Tate & Lyle, Dohler Group, Nagase Co. Ltd, Sumimoto Chemicals Co, and Ingredion Incorporated. The global edible film and coatings is a growing market within the packaging segment, where the demand is expected to upscale as consumers seek such options from their regular consumables. The market is poised to witness more innovations over the coming years, and going further, the industry might expect mergers and acquisitions. New brands have emerged recently and have gained significant traction, based on their offerings. Lactips, a brand based out in France, has developed a thermoplastic pellet entirely from milk-based protein casein. The product is claimed to be biodegradable and offers resistance to gases along with its edible properties. The company has been in a partnership with the IMCD group and BASF that will enable the product to reach out to manufacturers, manufacturing home care products in the first place. In 2020, the company even raised EUR 13 million, which will drive the development of its innovative and responsible bio-sourced, biodegradable and water-soluble solution, providing an alternative for numerous industrial plastics.

Recent Developments

In October 2018, Pace International, an innovative and sustainable post-harvest company, launched its new high-shine, edible coating, PrimaFresh® 606 GL. PrimaFresh® 606 GL had been based on Carnauba, a natural vegetable lipid extracted from sustainably-managed palm tree plantations and has been made with natural and food-grade ingredients.

In May 2019, BASF and Lactips signed an exclusive contract to market Lactips’ water soluble, 100% bio-based, and fully bio-degradable material prepared from natural ingredients.

In Feb 2020, Sufresca, an Israeli startup designing edible fruit and vegetable coating solutions to reduce food waste and curb plastic packaging, raised USD 500,000 seed funding from the agri-foodtech VC Rimonim. Through this investment, the company focuses on the commercialization of fresh produce edible coatings.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Ingredient Type

      1. 5.1.1 Protein

      2. 5.1.2 Polysaccharides

      3. 5.1.3 Lipids

      4. 5.1.4 Composites

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Dairy products

      2. 5.2.2 Bakery and Confectionery

      3. 5.2.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East & Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Positioning Analysis

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Tate & Lyle PLC

      2. 6.3.2 DuPont de Nemours Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 Dohler Group

      4. 6.3.4 Koninklijke DSM NV

      5. 6.3.5 Cargill Incorporated

      6. 6.3.6 Ingredion Incorporated

      7. 6.3.7 Lactips

      8. 6.3.8 Nagase America LLC

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Edible Films and Coating Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Global Edible Films and Coating Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.64% over the next 5 years.

South America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Tate & Lyle PLC, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Ingredion Incorporated , Cargill, Incorporated, DuPont de Nemours Inc. are the major companies operating in Global Edible Films and Coating Market.

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